Amidst the launch of Google’s own Android mobile operating system, the company is bringing its Google Earth software to the iPhone App Store. As reported by our sister site News.com, the iPhone version replciates much of the desktop application’s core experience, downloading imagery from Google’s servers as the perspective shifts and dotting the map with landmarks, photos, and other information.
Per Stephen Shankland:
“[...] you can use a two-finger drag to tilt the perspective back–flight-simulator gamers might think of pulling the stick back to lift the nose of a virtual airplane–and that you also can zoom in and out with single-finger and two-finger double-tapping, respectively. [...] It’s a very intuitive interface, a notch more so than the mouse controls of the PC version–though I’ve heard Google Earth is much easier to grasp with a 3D controller such as Logitech’s 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator. One intriguing possibility is that Google could bring this interface to multitouch-aware computers such as Apple’s newer MacBook models.”
Google Earth for iPhone also includes a small Webkit-based browser to show the specific information users click on.
The app should be available thorugh the App Store shortly.